• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Stroke of luck keeps Curtis in the game

May 21, 2017

stroke patient Curtis Wood on his tractor
The last thing Curtis Wood remembers before waking up in the hospital was trying to close a bag of bagels.

On Jan. 27, 2016, the Titusville, Florida, resident went to a local hardware store to pick up supplies for a home improvement project. While there, he began to feel disoriented.

"I couldn't recognize my surroundings," Curtis says. "I was very confused."

Despite his confusion, Curtis decided to stop at a bakery before heading home. But when he tried to fold the paper bag holding his bagels, he realized something was seriously wrong. Curtis called his wife Nancy.

"He started saying, 'My fingers, my fingers, the bagels…,' and I told him, 'You may be having a stroke,'" Nancy recalls.

Nancy's instincts were right. Curtis was taken to Parrish Medical Center where doctors found that he had, indeed, experienced a stroke. When Nancy arrived, she realized the severity of the situation.

"I grabbed his hand, and said 'I'm here.' That's when I realized he was paralyzed on his whole left side," Nancy says. Read the rest of Curtis' story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.